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Oct 19, 2007 09:28 AM

All day dim sum in downtown Toronto?

I've only been for dim sum in the more traditional brunch timeslot, but this weekend I'm supposed to go for dim sum in the evening on Sunday.

Does anyone have any suggestions for dim sum that is served all day and is downtown.

Or is this a fruitless search, and we should just wait for a proper time and go for something else this Sunday evening?

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  1. There is a place in Chinatown. can't remember the name, quite far north from Dundas, It's on the west side of Spadina and it is a corner restaurant. You have to go upstairs. The building is very very colorful and it's like going into a chiense temple or something.

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    1. re: juunbug25

      I believe what you're referring to is Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant (346 Spadina Avenue / 416-979-3988). Bright Pearl serves dim sum all day. Before 3:30pm, dim sum is served on carts. After 3:30pm, you'll need to order from menu.

      I'm not a fan of Bright Pearl, it's too noisy and old-fashioned to me. I'd rather to go to Sky Dragon Restaurant (280 Spadina Avenue; 416.408.4999) at the top floor of Dragon City (southwest corner of Dundas/Spadina). Sky Dragon serves dim sum on carts before 4pm. After 4pm, you'll need to order from menu.

      1. re: chutchut

        Tried Sky Dragon earlier this month, won't be going back. The few dumplings we tried, including har gow (shrimp), the filling was like a solid mass of unidentifiable stuff. Except the deep fired har gok (shrimp pastry) which was good - real shrimps and tasty.

        1. re: Teep

          I tried Sky Dragon and won't be going back either - some of the food was no
          tceably stale.

          Sky Dragon Restaurant
          280 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T3A5, CA

    2. I'm pretty sure Rol San serves dim sum all day. It's on Spadina near Baldwin.

      Also, you could try Kim Moon Bakery. They should serve all day as well. These two places are definitely in the cheap and cheerful category (especially Kim Moon).

      Kim Moon Bakery
      438 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

      Rol San
      323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

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      1. re: xtal

        No, Rol San doesn't serve dim sum in the evening. Their dim sum serving time is 9am-4pm. In Chinatown, I like Rol San's dim sum the most. I don't know much about Kim Moon.

      2. thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming! :)

        1. Q Dim Sum Palace-- on King St. W., just east of Spadina, across from Shopper's. They even deliver!!

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          1. re: Olivia

            i have got to ask, how is their dim sum?

            everytime i'm strolling through that area it piques my curiousity and i'm far too nervous to try it. there's something about its location, the all-day aspect and the seeming deserted-ness that i just can't get over to give it a go myself.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              It's OK dim sum. I think it's a tiny bit pricey, but if you're in the mood and don't feel like walking around much, you can do worse. The service is very friendly.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                They can be really packed at lunch. Quite passable traditional dim sum, good selection too.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I would pass on it pinstripeprincess. I went once with my colleagues for lunch when King's Garden was closed on a Monday and it was horrible. Overcooked, bland, soggy, greasy, tasteless. Definitely at the bottom of my dim sum list (and that list is very very long from five million outings with my family from birth!).

                  1. re: fickle

                    Agreed with fickle. Went once for a quick workday lunch and the food was hideous. Tiny har gow were tough, full of gristle and with a creepy "fishy" overtone. Really felt like all of the selections were previously offerings from the freezer section of a chinese grocer. Was like the "M&M meat shop appetizer" version of dim sum...

                    1. re: jgloverwork

                      Hm, I haven't been in a while... either I have no standards or this place has changed (not like it was ever the BEST dim sum, but it met my needs).

                      Thanks for the heads up.

              2. New Treasures on Dundas and Elizabeth does an all day dimsum I think. It's not great but it's decent. Some of the fried things can be a bit too oily though. The ambience is also not the best. But it's cheap and hits the note when you have a dimsum craving.

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                1. re: ctl98

                  Actually New Treasures is good if you get there at 11:45 Monday to Wednesday and 11:45 or 1:00 pm on Friday or Thursday. Otherwise you just get recycled carts of cold stuff.

                  So right stl98, cheap, good for big groups and satisfies the craving.